This is supposed to be the season of joy and giving, a time for celebrating the birth of the Christ Child.
This week, we lost a real American hero.
The Covington/Newton County Chamber of Commerce has created a new position, a director of commercial development.
Not long ago, we were more than disappointed to read that an Atlanta builder was pulling up stakes here and heading back to Atlanta. He said that because of low appraisals, he could not build the type of home he needed to build to make a profit in Newton County. He said he would look our way again in two years.
The little town of Porterdale seems to be in the bull's-eye scope of Hollywood producers.
King Arthur: "Don't let it be forgot / That once there was a spot / For one brief shining moment / That was known as Camelot.''
Every year about this time, you can count on one of our major industries to ensure that a real Thanksgiving is enjoyed by many community nonprofits.
We were more than surprised to learn last week that all Newton County School System employees will receive in January what amounts to a one-time bonus of 1 percent of their salaries. The district called it a "pay adjustment.''
We applaud the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce's decision to bring in a professional Main Street consultant to talk with local business owners and to advise the chamber on how to make our Main Street program more effective.
"Anyway, no drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we're looking for the source of our troubles, we shouldn't test people for drugs; we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power."
We are more than fortunate to have a town square that, even in the toughest of times, has been the centerpiece of everyday life in the Newton County/Covington communities.
"Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die."
When it comes to politicians' foibles and faux pas, the mainstream media's double standard is nothing new, but the Washington Post's recent coverage of the Virginia governor's race takes the cake. Republican gubernatorial candidate and current State Attorney General Bob McDonnell has been trouncing his Democratic opponent, State Sen. Creigh Deeds, in the polls for much of the campaign. So the Post has now dredged up a 20-year-old academic paper McDonnell wrote ...
The arrival of September is always poignant; this year's release by the United Kingdom of the one person convicted for the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, made it more so. Seems the guy has terminal cancer and wants to die at home among his family and friends, so the Brits rolled over and let him go. When the plane landed in Libya the terrorist was given a hero's welcome.
God give me work, till my life shall end
Charlie Rangel is a disgusting little man who represents the 15th district of New York. He currently is the chairman of the Congressional Ways and Means committee, which among other things is supposed to be the watchdog for the IRS. During his leadership, Rangel has jammed through laws that insure there is no mercy given by the IRS for mistakes and impose penalties on honest mistakes, penalties that can financially ruin people for the rest ...
This is a special salute to the efforts of Gunnery Sergeant Ret. Sherman Smith, who has led his charges in the Newton High School MCJROTC to victory again this year - as they have for the past eight straight years - earning national distinction as a Naval Honor Unit. This action places the troops at Newton High in the top 20 percent of all Marine Corps Junior ROTC programs in the country.
We are always pleased to support the positive actions of our Newton County School System. On Tuesday, Sept. 8, the school system will submit a grant request to the Technical College System for $3.1 million in grant funds needed to create a new Career Academy at Newton High School.
Are we a nation that measures the human worth of individuals based on their ability to pay? It's time for those who are religious and oppose single-payer national health care to tell the rest of us how, literally in God's name, they can do so. Have they traded their Biblical beliefs for political philosophies? Are they now serving two masters, and is Mammon winning out over the other? What would Jesus do? ...
By of the grace of God and the protection of a safety vest, two sheriff deputies - Jim Trent and Wesley Atha - are still around to celebrate life with their families, friends and neighbors.
The American spirit has carried us through revolution, civil war, world wars, depressions and national tragedies. Each and every time the grit of the American spirit comes through and says enough is enough.
We were disappointed - as we are sure his many friends were - that our own Judge Ozburn did not get the nod for the open spot on the Supreme Court. We greatly appreciate Senator John Douglas for nominating him.
Speaking of good family happenings on the Covington Square, we might suggest you stop the Southern Heartland Art Gallery, located at 1132 Monticello St. on the square.
September on the square is going to be alive with music every Thursday during the month of September, starting at noon.
We are anxious to see what good work the newly established Covington Redevelopment Authority will accomplish in its formative years. The goals of the CRA are lofty, but we think if even one of them can be accomplished within the next few years, it will be a great success and make the city even more enjoyable and accommodating. We're not quite sure where to locate a downtown farmer's market or grocery, but we wouldn't mind being pleasantly surprised.
"Each evening, from December to December, Before you drift to sleep upon your cot, Think back on all the tales that you remember Of Camelot. Ask ev'ry person if he's heard the story, And tell it strong and clear if he has not, That once there was a fleeting wisp of glory Called Camelot" - from Lerner and Loewe's "Camelot" Wednesday morning when we were sipping our first drink of coffee and reading our favorite ...
Communities like ours are blessed to have residents who chose this community to live in out of all the beautiful cities in Georgia. Some of these people move here because of the ambiance, the traditions, the general peacefulness. When some of these newcomers decide to involve themselves in various groups of their adopted community, they bring with them a sense of pride and excitement.